POLITICAL bigwigs in Ekiti State have started flexing muscles over the forthcoming re-run governorship election in the state, as the erstwhile Governor of the state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose caused stir in the ancient town of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, campaigning for the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
It would be recalled that Fayose, who was a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as at the time of his action, had earlier given the PDP conditions to support it in the election.
Fayose demanded that before he could throw his weight behind Mr. Segun Oni of the PDP, all his supporters, who were detained for one reason or the other be released without any condition attached to it.
Some of the party chieftains in the state countered his request, arguing that the role of Fayose against the return of Oni could not have any effect in the forthcoming re-run poll.
Subsequent to the failure of the party to fast-track the release of his supporters, Fayose made a u-turn against the return of Oni last Friday, when he stormed the venue of the lecture organized by Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) during the centenary celebration of Chief Obafemi Awolowo at Adetiloye Hall of Trade Fair Complex in the state capital.
People of the ancient town, according to an eye witness watched with mouth agaped, seeing Fayose with retinue of his supporters at the meeting which reportedly comprised of progressive politicians in the state and beyond.
It was gathered that the erstwhile governor arrived the venue of the programme with his supporters with campaign posters and banners in support of the AC governorship candidate.
Among those at the event, which was chaired by Professor David Oke, were Fayemi, his wife, his running mate, Mrs Funmi Olayinka and other AC chieftains in the state and beyond.
It was gathered that Fayose was welcomed by the progressives to the event, as his supporters were praise-singing him and shouting “Fayemi for governor, no way for Oni”.
Addressing his teeming supporters, Fayose reiterated that Oni is a perishable product, which would be difficult to sell, saying that his support for Oni would be tantamount to working against the will of the people of the state.
According to him people of the state are tired of Oni, insisting that fayemi the AC candidate wanted by the people of the state.
It would be recalled that Fayose had rejected the inclusion of his name to the list of those that would strategize the re-run of Oni through the re-run poll.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED